Renfrewshire Council

Armed Forces Day 2017

Marking RAF100 in Renfrewshire

Each year we hold celebrations in Renfrewshire to mark Armed Forces Day, showing support for the servicemen and women of our Armed Forces, both past and present.

This year I'm pleased that we will have two Air Cadets raising the Armed Forces Flag outside Renfrewshire House to commemorate the Centenary of the Royal Air Force (RAF).

Cadet Sergeant James Fulton and Cadet Sergeant Aimee Dunlop, both from the Paisley Squadron, will be joining us on Friday 22 June to take part in Renfrewshire's flag raising service.

The RAF was formed in 1918 and was the last to be formed of the three armed services.

On a daily basis they are responsible for delivering aid overseas, protecting the skies around our country and preventing conflicts.

The Air Cadets was officially established in the late 1930s, intended to encourage young people to consider a career in aviation and to begin training earlier to allow cadets to be better prepared and more experienced if they decided to join the Air Force.

2018 is also the Year of the Young People and I felt it was fitting to mark this alongside the Centenary of the RAF by involving local Cadets in our celebrations.

I hope that this year our flag raising service shows support to our current serving men and women, and our veteran community, while also acknowledging the future generation who will make sacrifices for the safety of our country.

Armed Forces Day is always an important event in Renfrewshire and I would urge everyone to come along and show their support.

The flag raising service will take place on Friday 22 June, outside Renfrewshire House at 11am, followed by the annual service in Paisley Abbey on Saturday 23 June at 10am.



Published 7 June 2018